21 Countries And Rising Have Joined Anti-NSA UN Resolution Discussions

RT reports that 21 countries have joined in draft discussions at the UN for an anti-NSA resolution to be passed. In the discussions are the following nations: Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Norway, Paraguay, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela. The resolution seeks to condemn indiscriminate and extra-territorial surveillance and rectify that with independent oversight of all electronic monitoring.

The resolution was proposed earlier this week by Germany and Brazil, two of the largest and most vocal critics of the USA’s global spying operations. While the document does not single out the USA or NSA specifically, the rhetoric is clearly a direct attack on the NSA’s exposed global surveillance practices.

The draft resolutions states that UN members are “deeply concerned at human rights violations and abuses that may result from the conduct of extra-territorial surveillance or interception of communications in foreign jurisdictions.” and that “illegal surveillance of private communications and the indiscriminate interception of personal data of citizens constitutes a highly intrusive act that violates the rights to freedom of expression and privacy and threatens the foundations of a democratic society.”

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Fidel Castro States Cuba Never Denied Snowden Access, Media Reports Are False

In an official statement Cuba’s Fidel Castro declared that media reports by Russian newspaper Kommersant, about Cuba’s position on Edward Snowden, were incorrect. Kommersant reported that the USA threatened Cuba with “adverse consequences” if they allowed Edward Snowden to pass through their territory en-route to an asylum destination. As a result Cuba were reported to have told Moscow that any attempts to land in Cuba would be rejected. Fidel Castro has stated (excerpt translated by Google hence the relatively fragmented English translation):

“Just a few hours on Monday, August 26, law agencies well known for its classic sophisticated services to the United States, is dedicated to spreading the news that Edward Snowden had to establish in Russia because Cuba had agreed to the pressures of USA.

I do not know if someone somewhere said something or not to Snowden, because that is not my task. I read what I can about news, reviews and books published in the world. I admire how brave and fair Snowden statements, which in my opinion rendered a service to the world by revealing disgustingly dishonest politics powerful empire lying and deceiving the world. With what would disagree that anyone, whatever their merits, can speak on behalf of Cuba.

The lie tariffed. Who says? The Russian newspaper “Kommersant” What is this libel? According to Reuters herself explains the newspaper quoted sources close to the U.S. State Department: “The reason for this was that at the last minute Cuba informed the authorities that would prevent Snowden took the flight of the airline Aeroflot.”

Of course with Snowden now being offered Asylum in Russia he has no need for Cuba’s services but it would appear he can rely on them should he need them.

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USA Applying Diplomatic Pressure To Latin America To Reject Snowden

 

In an attempt to prevent Edward Snowden from seeking asylum in Latin America the USA is applying diplomatic pressure to Latin American countries such as Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and others. Nicaragua, Venezuela and Bolivia have already made formal offers of asylum to Edward Snowden and the USA is trying to ensure that no other sympathisers get on board with the NSA whistleblower.

A NY Times report suggests that the USA has been threatening Latin American countries. They have stated that letting Edward Snowden in would “have lasting consequences” and “would put relations in a very bad place for a long time to come”. Furthermore they state that all state governments understand their position right now and should do their best to support the USA in bring Snowden back to the USA for trial.

Despite these threats it seems unlikely that Latin America will give way to American pressure any time soon as Ecuador and Venezuela have already publicly condemned the USA, Cuba have backed the actions of Latin America and at the UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) meeting last week the overwhelming consensus was anti-USA.

We wonder what options the USA has left before it has to resort to dirty-tactics like anti-competitive trade practices or military expeditions.

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Cuba Backs Latin American Asylum Offers

With Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia all offering the infamous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum, Cuba’s president Raul Castro has said that he supports the decisions of the Latin American government. Cuba also received an asylum request from Edward Snowden but Cuba have yet to speak about it at all.

“We support the sovereign right of Venezuela and all states in the region to grant asylum to those persecuted for their ideals or struggles for democratic rights,” Raul Castro said.

In any case the quickest route to South American countries from Russia’s Sheremetyevo airport is via Cuba. This is a pretty safe option since Cuba is highly unlikely to extradite Snowden to the USA, in fact he might not even need to travel any further after landing in Cuba because many are saying Cuba will almost-definitely grant Snowden asylum.

Most Western-European nations have already stated that if Snowden’s plane has to land to refuel on their territory then they will arrest him for a U.S extradition after receiving arrest warrants. What’s more we could European nations force the plane to land if it flies through their airspace. Edward Snowden certainly doesn’t have an easy route to safety , wherever that may be.

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Snowden’s Asylum Options: 1 Withdrawn 10 Rejected 10 Pending

According to reports by RT.com Snowden’s options for political asylum are rapidly evaporating. The NSA whistleblower has withdrawn his application for Asylum to Russia after they told him he could only have asylum if he stopped “damaging” the USA, a condition he was not prepared to agree to. Furthermore Finland, Brazil, Poland, India and Germany all rejected his asylum claim outright stating they were not willing to accept him. Spain, Norway, Italy, Ecuador and Austria also rejected Snowden’s asylum request on the grounds that he had to be already inside the country for it to be processed. These rejections bring the total numbers of rejections to 10, and with the single withdrawal, 11 of Snowden’s options have already been vaporised.

So what options are left for the NSA whistleblower? Well he still has Bolivia, China, Cuba, France, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Switzerland and Venezuela left to reply. Of those ten remaining options China says it is not aware of the request and France has denied ever receiving such an Asylum request and since they also recently blocked a Bolivian Jet from flying through their airspace because of suspicions that Edward Snowden was onboard it could easily turn out that France will reject the request too.

As of writing the most likely nations to accept seem to be Venezuela and Bolivia after they both expressed anti-USA sentiments and stated their willingness to protect Snowden.

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Snowden Releases List Of Countries Contacted For Political Asylum Requests

While it is now relatively common knowledge that the famous internet surveillance NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is stuck in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, it hasn’t been well documented where he was seeking political asylum up until now. We’ve known he has been in talks with Ecuador, but with that starting to unfold who else has he been trying to seek political asylum with? Well surprisingly his options aren’t as limited as you might think. According to an official statement made by the whistleblower organisation WikiLeaks Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in the following nation-states:

  • Austria
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • The Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Russia (where he is situated now)
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Venezuela

Surprisingly, Ecuador is now off the list after President Correa seems to be bowing to American pressure. He has gone from pledging his support to Snowden at all costs to saying that he now offered Snowden help “by mistake”. It is also worth noting that Russia have also refused to offer Edward Snowden political asylum unless he stops releasing documents that are harming the USA.

Edward Snowden is currently seeking asylum on the grounds of persecution risk if he is forced to return back to the USA.

We will be sure to keep you updated with how this goes for Edward Snowden. He is easily becoming one of the most important figures of our generation.

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